Saturday, November 28, 2015

Styling The Seasons - November

hydrangea wreath, hydrangea flowers, dried hydrangea flowers, dried hydrangea flower wreath
With November nearly gone, it's time to reflect on some of the recent events that have had the most significance for me. As a memory keeper, it makes me happy to be able to slow down and share some of these cherished 'kitchen table' moments with you.       

On Thanksgiving morning, I made the hydrangea wreath shown in the above photo for my mom who lives in a nursing home nearby. My daughter Audrey and I brought it to her that same day, along with a small colorful autumn-themed oil painting (shown above, already gift wrapped), and a Thanksgiving greeting card. Mom loves greeting cards, and our visit and the gifts mean a great deal to her.
roast turkey, cranberry relish, Autumn Mini Pumpkin Table Centerpiece

Thanksgiving dinner with my family: this year, we had the traditional roast turkey 'with all the trimmings', as the saying goes. True comfort food! Also shown is my favorite holiday relish, a Martha Stewart recipe that is made with fresh cranberries, apple, orange, and walnuts. I also made the festive seasonal table decoration sitting to the right of the turkey. This year was the first time I've ever purchased the cute mini pumpkins, and I've thoroughly enjoyed playing with them, both as a decoration, and as photo props on Instagram.
A Beautiful Mess, Happy Handmade Home, Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman, black coffee, pumpkin pie, hydrangea petals

In the early morning on the day after Thanksgiving, I spent over an hour photographing mother nature's handy work in my garden - soon to become another blogpost featuring my garden in various seasons. Although it was incredibly cold, I very much enjoyed walking around with my camera looking for interesting compositions. Afterward, I gave myself some time to rest, reflect, and enjoy a warming cup of coffee and a slice of homemade pumpkin pie. Currently, I've been reading Happy Handmade Home by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, as well as some other interesting books found at the local library. The remainder of my holiday time will be spent doing chores like raking leaves, organizing my work space, and cleaning up after the holiday. So, all the more reason to enjoy the now...

Styling The Seasons is a monthly photography challenge hosted by Katy of Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte of Lotts & lots. To participate, just style any surface in your home and share it on your blog and/or on Instagram using the hashtag #stylingtheseasons.


  1. Ah, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving - that meal looks AMAZING! And as for the Hydrangea wreath - love it! xx

  2. Hi Katy - yes, it was wonderful, thank you. And thank you for your kind comments regarding that turkey and the wreath I made. I love participating in these Styling The Seasons opportunities - thanks for hosting it.

  3. That turkey looks amazing! My husband is preparing a turkey this weekend, as a rehearsal Christmas dinner. We never had turkey before. Any tips?
    Looking forward to your garden blogpost, June, I always enjoy your photographs.

    1. Hi Pauline! I never roasted a turkey before either...but what I found is that it really is quite easy - the instructions on the package were very helpful. I hope your family has good luck with yours. A rehearsal Christmas dinner - what a great idea. You will be well prepared on the big day!


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